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When a mysterious sinkhole opens in a suburban street, nobody could ever foresee the horror that was to come. Eight-year-old Adam Pettinger knows things. He has dreamed of the dark place and knows what resides in it. Brian Embry is dying. With his cancer terminal, he no longer has any desire to live. Now, these two unconnected residents of Chestnut Avenue will learn that When a mysterious sinkhole opens in a suburban street, nobody could ever foresee the horror that was to come. Eight-year-old Adam Pettinger knows things. He has dreamed of the dark place and knows what resides in it. Brian Embry is dying. With his cancer terminal, he no longer has any desire to live. Now, these two unconnected residents of Chestnut Avenue will learn that they are connected in ways they could never imagine, and that they are the only ones who can possibly stop the thing from the dark place. It may, however, be too late. As the sinkhole grows and the army arrives to calm the situation, they do not realise that a war centuries in the making is about to explode in their slice of suburbia, with consequences that could have deadly repercussions for all of mankind. The thing from the dark place has waited for centuries, and now it is hungry. From the bestselling author of Project Apex and the Whisper trilogy, Michael Bray, comes a terrifying new supernatural horror unlike any other. Dare you visit the dark place and face what lives inside?


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When a mysterious sinkhole opens in a suburban street, nobody could ever foresee the horror that was to come. Eight-year-old Adam Pettinger knows things. He has dreamed of the dark place and knows what resides in it. Brian Embry is dying. With his cancer terminal, he no longer has any desire to live. Now, these two unconnected residents of Chestnut Avenue will learn that When a mysterious sinkhole opens in a suburban street, nobody could ever foresee the horror that was to come. Eight-year-old Adam Pettinger knows things. He has dreamed of the dark place and knows what resides in it. Brian Embry is dying. With his cancer terminal, he no longer has any desire to live. Now, these two unconnected residents of Chestnut Avenue will learn that they are connected in ways they could never imagine, and that they are the only ones who can possibly stop the thing from the dark place. It may, however, be too late. As the sinkhole grows and the army arrives to calm the situation, they do not realise that a war centuries in the making is about to explode in their slice of suburbia, with consequences that could have deadly repercussions for all of mankind. The thing from the dark place has waited for centuries, and now it is hungry. From the bestselling author of Project Apex and the Whisper trilogy, Michael Bray, comes a terrifying new supernatural horror unlike any other. Dare you visit the dark place and face what lives inside?

30 review for The Dark Place: A horror novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Leung

    Great read I haven't read one of Me Beats books I. A while and hadn't come across any of his new ones until the other day when I found this. It isn't an extreme horror but is an amazing story. With great character. I did cringe on a few parts, it was phobia related but gross all the same. It's a great and fascinating story. You find yourself rushing to read to find out things and what happens at certain points in the book. But everything links together. The story comes alive in your mind and you Great read I haven't read one of Me Beats books I. A while and hadn't come across any of his new ones until the other day when I found this. It isn't an extreme horror but is an amazing story. With great character. I did cringe on a few parts, it was phobia related but gross all the same. It's a great and fascinating story. You find yourself rushing to read to find out things and what happens at certain points in the book. But everything links together. The story comes alive in your mind and you envision each detail described, gorged with wonder and fascination. Definitely recommend to anyone whom enjoys a good read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alice J.

    This has been on my list to read for some time and I was glad I finally got the chance to pick it up. Michael Bray's work never disappoints and neither did this short novel. A sinkhole appears in the middle of an American suburban street and there are only two people able to do anything about it: a young boy named Adam and Embry, a man suffering with terminal cancer and close to the end. At first the sinkhole is a newsworthy event, something to be marveled at, but as time goes by and strange occ This has been on my list to read for some time and I was glad I finally got the chance to pick it up. Michael Bray's work never disappoints and neither did this short novel. A sinkhole appears in the middle of an American suburban street and there are only two people able to do anything about it: a young boy named Adam and Embry, a man suffering with terminal cancer and close to the end. At first the sinkhole is a newsworthy event, something to be marveled at, but as time goes by and strange occurrences start happening, both must step up to do what needs to be done. A well written fast paced novel with a lot of action, strongly developed characters and a chilling plot.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Freitag

    Wow Enjoyed this quick read! It was a good intro to see if I'd enjoy his other works. I liked it Wow Enjoyed this quick read! It was a good intro to see if I'd enjoy his other works. I liked it

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee

    “The Dark Place” is where fear resides and if we all look closely into our souls, we all have one. “They’re coming”. When I read sometimes right from the first chapter a novel or novella just grabs me. As an avid longtime reader that is rare nowadays. Even rarer when a horror story about a sink hole sparks a serious conversation at 1 am with your spouse about their origin, why on TV in the USA, the media only reports that there is a sinkhole that just opened and swallowed an entire house, or one t “The Dark Place” is where fear resides and if we all look closely into our souls, we all have one. “They’re coming”. When I read sometimes right from the first chapter a novel or novella just grabs me. As an avid longtime reader that is rare nowadays. Even rarer when a horror story about a sink hole sparks a serious conversation at 1 am with your spouse about their origin, why on TV in the USA, the media only reports that there is a sinkhole that just opened and swallowed an entire house, or one that just opened on the road and a car disappeared. That’s about it. Then you never hear another word about them, as what caused it to open in the first place, how deep it is and what is down there. Well, author Michael Bray just has given readers a very horrific, answer. Right from the first chapter, vibrations shake the ground and total chaos ensues. Then this a non-stop action packed, bloody thriller until the shocking and very thought-provoking end. Plus, Bray shows us what it is like with a corrupt government and someone unstable, literally having the power of holding all life in his hands. All you need is a code and a red button. From the start, you will meet the main characters. The Pettingers, Mother, Jasmine, Father, Jim and their 8-year-old, son Adam. So, dysfunctional they don’t even recognize or really pay attention to their unique and special, little boy. Then neighbor, Brian Embry, who has chosen now to stare down and face his all-consuming death. They will all awaken to a super, large sinkhole that is slowly devouring Chestnut Ave. A peaceful, suburban area, with white picket fences and where children could play safely. Well, it’s all changed. Something evil, putrid, and foul-smelling is coming straight out of hell. But don’t expect Lucifer. It has fed off mankind’s fear, flaws, and hatred for a long time. It’s unstoppable with destructive powers, it’s time has come and the battle has begun. Yet, it has fears of its own. In the end, where there is darkness there is light. As a special treat, you get two bonus stories and one poem at the end of the book. So, read them and maybe find another new author you might like. “Family Man by author, Andrew Lennon: Yes, all good men, but their seems to be a virus or flue going around that is catching. “Evil Is Lurking” (A Rant): by author, Paul Levas “Requiem” by author Shaun Hupp: Who shows us real, human horrors of Detroit, Michigan. Where most killings are still the result of poverty and neighborhoods full of drugs. Where in his story an injustice is dismissed, yet not forgotten. Reviewed by robinleehorrorbookreviews.com.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Phenomenal book. This is the second offering I have read from Michael and I was definitely not let down. The premise is fantastic and original, creating a great, scary atmosphere from the start. I love that despite the fantastic nature of the story, the book is grounded by great characters. The monster is phenomenal, without having to go over the top or rely on generic conventions. The story manages to have a nice, epic feel without having a thousand pages of extraneous details and characterizat Phenomenal book. This is the second offering I have read from Michael and I was definitely not let down. The premise is fantastic and original, creating a great, scary atmosphere from the start. I love that despite the fantastic nature of the story, the book is grounded by great characters. The monster is phenomenal, without having to go over the top or rely on generic conventions. The story manages to have a nice, epic feel without having a thousand pages of extraneous details and characterization. In all, thoroughly entertaining.

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